Honiton: Saturday clinics for swine flu jabs

DOCTORS in Honiton are to run swine flu vaccination clinics on Saturdays, Dr David Rampersad has revealed.

DOCTORS in Honiton are to run swine flu vaccination clinics on Saturdays, Dr David Rampersad has revealed.

"We are awaiting supplies of the vaccine and expect these to arrive in the next two to three weeks," he said.

"The government has given us strict instructions on who we should offer the vaccine to first, based on who will benefit most."

People aged between six months and 65 who have chest, heart, liver, neurological and kidney problems or who have problems with the immune system are being advised to have the vaccine.


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Those undergoing chemotherapy, treatment with steroids or who have HIV should have the jab, the GP says.

Even asthma sufferers, who are treated with a brown inhaler, or those who care for people with reduced immune systems are urged to make an appointment.

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"We will also be offering the jab to pregnant women, but are awaiting instructions on which stage of pregnancy is safe," said Dr Rampersad. He is urging pregnant women to contact the surgery for more information.

Dr Rampersad added: "The jab is very safe and only mild side effects are usually seen. Serious side effects are extremely rare - much less likely than with the natural illness.

"It cannot give you flu, as there are no live bugs in it.

"Remember, if you do catch the flu, to isolate yourself to avoid spreading it. In particular, do not come to the surgery or hospital as you may pass it to others who are already seriously ill. Rather, phone the National Pandemic Flu Service on 0800 1 513 100 or visit www.direct.gov.uk/pandemicflu who can arrange for antiviral drugs and discuss whether you need to see a doctor.

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